A former British child model is among two youths found guilty of murdering an Indian-origin doctor and taking away his money to pay for a prostitute, with both convicts facing life imprisonment.
Thomas Connor of Curismill Way in Kent and William Paton of Orpington, both of them 20, were convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey yesterday of murder and robbery of Nadim Gulamhuseinwala on July 25 last year at Green Park in Central London.
The two men used the cash to pay for a prostitute, The Times reported.
When Connor was a 11-year-old boy, his face appeared on 'Angel Delight' packets above the phrase 'Britain's Little Angel'.
Gulamhuseinwala, a qualified surgeon and management consultant, was on his way home following a night out with friends when he was brutally attacked and robbed in the park in the early hours of that fateful day.
He was approached by the two men who, without any provocation, hit him over the head with an iron railing and stole his mobile phone, wallet and cash.
The victim was rendered unconscious with severe head injuries. Police were called at 0415 hrs local time and Gulamhuseinwala was taken by ambulance to a central London hospital in a critical condition where he died on August 5.
A post-mortem gave the cause of death as a severe head injury. The inquest was opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court on August 12, 2009.
Connon and Paton were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery, along with a third man who was later released with no further action.
The defendants were re-arrested on suspicion of murder after Gulamhuseinwala died. They had pleaded not guilty but were convicted after a three-week trial.
Detective Inspector Jeff Minns, the investigating officer from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said yesterday: "I welcome today's verdicts.
"Only Nadim's family and friends can really understand what the last eight months have been like and I would like to thank them for unwavering support of police and their patience throughout the investigation and trial."